Witnesses describe frightening carjacking near Rhodes - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Witnesses describe frightening carjacking near Rhodes

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A purse snatching ended with a car jacking and a woman being dragged early Tuesday morning near Rhodes College.

Sound from the incident brought neighbors out of their homes around 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.

"I heard a woman screaming," one person said.

Another neighbor, who did not want to be identified, heard a knock on his door.  When he answered it, a woman screamed.

"'Someone's being beaten,'" the man heard. "'He's beating her.'"

According to police, the suspect had snatched a purse from the woman at the door, a Rhodes College employee.

After snatching the Rhodes employee's purse, the suspect and a female accomplice started backing their car down the road.  The male suspect, behind the wheel, hit a pole and flipped the car. 

The pair exited their wrecked vehicle and stopped a woman in a Honda Civic, telling her they needed an ambulance. 

As the female suspect jumped into the passenger seat of the Civic, the male suspect ran over to the driver's side and tried to pull the car's driver out.  He was able to get her out of the car, but her arm got caught in the seatbelt.

The man drove off, according to witnesses, and dragged the Civic's owner nearly 100 yards.

"I thought she was going to get killed," one witness said.

When the woman finally got free of the seatbelt, the male and female suspects took off in her car.  Meanwhile, neighbors rushed to carry the woman to the sidewalk.

Hours later, police discovered the suspects, still in the Civic, on Alicia near Union Avenue.  The man ran off, but police were able to take the woman into custody.

If you have information about the incident that could help police, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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